Katherine Albrecht is the founder of Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy Invasion and Numbering (CASPIAN), a national consumer organization created in 1999 to educate consumer-citizens about shopper surveillance. She is a consumer privacy advocate and spokesperson against radio-frequency identification (RFID). Albrecht devised the term "spy chips" to describe RFID tags such as those embedded in passport cards and certain enhanced United States driver's licenses. Katherine Albrecht holds a Doctor of Education degree from Harvard University. She is a resident of Nashua, New Hampshire.
Albrecht and Liz McIntyre (CASPIAN's communications director) co-authored the book Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Move, which won the November 2005 Lysander Spooner Award for advancing the literature of liberty. The book lays out the potential implications of RFID on privacy and civil liberties. RFID industry representatives have criticized it, claiming the authors exaggerate some RFID privacy threats. In a lengthy rebuttal, Albrecht asked why critics don't "mention sworn patent documents from IBM describing ways to secretly follow innocent people in libraries, theaters, and public restrooms through the RFID tags in their clothes and belongings? Where is […] outrage over BellSouth's patent-pending plans to pick through our garbage and skim the data contained in the RFID tags we discard?"
Articles and papers
- Albrecht, Katherine. "Supermarket Cards: The Tip of the Retail Surveillance Iceberg." Denver University Law Review, Volume 79, Issue 4, Summer 2002. pp. 534–539 and 558–565.
- Position Paper on the Use of RFID in Consumer Products. Co-authored with Liz McIntyre and Beth Givens. November 14, 2003. 
- "RFID: The Doomsday Scenario." In: RFID: Applications, Security, and Privacy, eds. S. Garfinkel and B. Rosenberg. New Jersey: Addison Wesley. 2006. pp. 259–273.
- "RFID: The Big Brother Bar Code." (Co-authored with Liz McIntyre) ALEC Policy Forum, Winter 2004, Volume 6, Number 3, pp. 49–54.
Radio talk show host
Previously, she hosted a two-hour daily program called "Uncovering the Truth with Katherine Albrecht" on the We The People Radio Network (WTPRN) from April 2007 until the network ceased all programming in October 2008. Albrecht was the first former WTPRN host to carry on elsewhere with a syndicated program, now broadcasting "The Dr. Katherine Albrecht show" on the GCN Radio network.
One of the major concerns she expresses regarding "spychips" is their potential to increase the risk of cancer. Albrecht herself is a breast cancer survivor.
Media relations for Ixquick
On January 27, 2009, Katherine Albrecht became Head U.S. Media Relations for Ixquick.com to help raise awareness for the privacy-friendly meta-search engine. She is responsible for strategy, execution, and management of all media communications and marketing initiatives in the U.S.
- Albrecht, Katherine, Dismantling the RFID Journal's critique of spychips, spychips.com, 14 November 2005, retrieved 21 January 2008
- Katherine Albrecht show on WTPRN
- TAG-Texans for Accountable Government RFID Chip Community Forum, San Antonio
- Official Website
- Spy Chips Website
- Albrecht's rebuttal to RFID industry criticism
- Official CASPIAN Website